2004 – After nearly 60 years of recordings, Ray Charles posthumously earns the first platinum award of his career with “Genius Loves Company” during September certifications by the RIAA. The R&B veteran’s final studio album debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 in September, 2004, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Charles scored five gold records over the years.
1999 – Shedaisy members Kelsi, Kassidy and Kristyn Osborn make their debut on the Grand Ole Opry. The trio performs their hit “Little Goodbyes.”
1998 – Bruce Springsteen gives evidence in London’s High Court in his case against Masquerade Music over that company’s attempt to release some of his early ’70s recordings in the U.K. The artist says that he was living hand-to-mouth at the time the songs in question were written, relying on handouts from Mike Appel, his co-manager at the time.
1996 – An environmental benefit concert at the Britt Grounds in Jacksonville, Ore., featuring Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne turns ugly as protesters begin to rally. The protesters are angered by efforts to stop the logging of old growth redwoods, and in protest begin revving chainsaws and throwing firecrackers. No one is seriously injured.
1996 – Former drummer for Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Chamberlin, pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with the heroin-related death of late former touring bandmate, Jonathan Melvoin.
1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Oh Sheila,” Ready for the World. The group is made up of six men from Flint, Mich.
1980 – Bob Marley collapses in New York while preparing for a tour of the U.S. with Stevie Wonder. He is diagnosed as having cancer and dies seven months later.
1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit; “Bad Blood,” Neil Sedaka.
1963 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Sugar Shack,” Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs. Billboard ranks the song as the No. 1 hit of 1963.
1953 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “St. George and the Dragonet,” Stan Freberg.
1950 – Robert Bell of Kool & the Gang is born in Youngstown, Ohio. The group has a No. 1 song in 1981 with “Celebration.”
1930 – Composer Toru Takemitsu is born.